Fluctuating asymmetry and sexual selection in the Mediterranean fruitfly (Diptera, Tephritidae)

@article{Hunt1998FluctuatingAA,
  title={Fluctuating asymmetry and sexual selection in the Mediterranean fruitfly (Diptera, Tephritidae)},
  author={Melanie K. Hunt and Caroline S. Crean and Roger John Wood and Andr{\'e} S. Gilburn},
  journal={Biological Journal of The Linnean Society},
  year={1998},
  volume={64},
  pages={385-396}
}
Sexual selection is known to operate at medfly leks with a few males gaining a high proportion of matings. However, specific male characteristics subject to sexual selection have not been identified. Here we report laboratory studies indicating that directional sexual selection operates on the level of fluctuating asymmetry (FA) in the superior frontal orbital setae (sex setae), with symmetrical males gaining more matings. Studies relating mating success with FA in a male trait have generally… CONTINUE READING

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